Post 247 to mark Memorial Day with historic service
Communities across the country will hold memorial services this weekend. But in Blaine, American Legion Post 247 is holding a service unlike any other in the country.
Post 247 will burn hundreds of candles for 36 hours in the Blaine cemetery starting Sunday evening. The candles, specially made in Holland, have historically burned twice a year in Holland as part of their memorial services. It has also been performed in Canada, most recently in White Rock on May 4. According to Post 86, the candles are not used anywhere else in the U.S.
The post, which first performed the candle ceremony last year, will place flags around the Blaine cemetery early Saturday morning and then light the candles on Sunday evening. This way the flags will fly along side the candles overnight, and into the Monday morning services.
The candle light service will begin on Sunday evening at 7 p.m., and the post is in need of volunteers. The ceremony will last about an hour and a half and families that would like to honor a friend or family member by placing the special candles are encouraged to attend.
After the opening prayer and parade to the center of the memorial site, candles will be placed at veteran burial sites and the memorial service will be presented. The flag will then be lowered and folded, followed by a firing squad salute and the playing of taps.